Saturday, October 19, 2019

Catholic Mass Readings for Solemnity of All Saints (All Saints Day), November 1 2019, Homily – Year C

Today’s Audio Mass Readings for Solemnity of All Saints (All Saints Day), November 1 2019, Year C – Lectionary: 667

Audio Catholic Mass Readings are sourced from USCCB

Mass Readings for Solemnity of All Saints (All Saints Day), November 1 2019, Year C
1st Reading Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14
Responsorial Psalm Psalms 24:1BC-2, 3-4AB, 5-6
2nd Reading 1 John 3:1-3
Alleluia Matthew 11:28
Gospel Matthew 5:1-12A

Today’s Audio Mass Readings – Lectionary: 667

1st Reading – Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14

2 I, John, saw another angel come up from the East, holding the seal of the living God. He cried out in a loud voice to the four angels who were given power to damage the land and the sea,

3 “Do not damage the land or the sea or the trees until we put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.”

4 I heard the number of those who had been marked with the seal, one hundred and forty-four thousand marked from every tribe of the children of Israel.

9 After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count,
from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.

10 They cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb.”

11 All the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They prostrated themselves before the throne,
worshiped God,

12 and exclaimed:

“Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor, power, and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

13 Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me,
“Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?”

14 I said to him, “My lord, you are the one who knows.” He said to me, “These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.”

Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 24:1BC-2, 3-4AB, 5-6

R. (see 6) Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.

1BC The LORD’s are the earth and its fullness;
the world and those who dwell in it.
2 For he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.
R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.

3 Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
or who may stand in his holy place?
4AB One whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
who desires not what is vain.
R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.

5 He shall receive a blessing from the LORD,
a reward from God his savior.
6 Such is the race that seeks him,
that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.
R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.

2nd Reading – 1 John 3:1-3

Beloved:
1 See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

2 Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

3 Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure.

Alleluia – Matthew 11:28

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
28 Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
And I will give you rest, says the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel – Matthew 5:1-12A

1 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.

2 He began to teach them, saying:

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.

6 Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.

7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

8 Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

10 Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.

12A Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”

Tomorrow’s Catholic Mass Readings for The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day), Year C, November 2 2019 – Daily Homily

Catholic Daily Homily – Mass Readings for Solemnity of All Saints (All Saints Day), November 1 2019, Year C

Today’s Mass Readings for Solemnity of All Saints (All Saints Day), November 1 2019 Homily Theme: All Saints Day!

All Saints Day – Solemnity

Today we honor those holy men and women who have gone before us in faith and have done so in a glorious way. As we honor these great champions of faith, let’s reflect upon who they are and what role they continue to play in the life of the Church. 

The Church Triumphant: Those who have gone before us and now share in the glories of Heaven, in the Beatific Vision, are not gone. Sure, we do not see them and we cannot necessarily hear them speak to us in the physical way they did while on Earth. But they are not gone at all. St. Thérèse of Lisieux said it best when she said, “I want to spend my Heaven doing good on Earth.”

The saints in Heaven are in full union with God and make up the Communion of Saints in Heaven, the Church Triumphant! What’s important to note, however, is that even though they are enjoying their eternal reward, they are still very much concerned about us.

The saints in Heaven are entrusted with the important task of intercession. Sure, God already knows all our needs and He could ask us to go directly to Him in our prayers. But the truth is that God wants to use the intercession, and therefore, the mediation of the saints in our lives. He uses them to bring our prayers to Him and, in return, to bring His grace to us. They become powerful intercessors for us and participators in God’s divine action in the world.

Why is this the case? Again, why doesn’t God just choose to deal with us directly rather than go through intermediaries? Because God wants all of us to share in His good work and to participate in His divine plan. It would be like a dad who buys a nice necklace for his wife. He shows it to his young children and they are excited about this gift. The mom comes in and the dad asks the children to bring the gift to her. Now the gift is from her husband but she will most likely thank her children first for their participation in giving this gift to her. The father wanted the children to be part of this giving and the mother wanted to make the children a part of her receiving and gratitude. So it is with God! God wants the saints to share in the distribution of His manifold gifts. And this act fills His heart with joy!

The saints also give us a model of holiness. The charity they lived on Earth lives on. The witness of their love and sacrifice was not just a one time act in history. Rather, charity is living and continues to have an effect for the good. Therefore, the charity and witness of the saints lives on and affects our lives. This charity in their lives creates a bond with us, a communion. It enables us to love them, admire them and want to follow their example. It is this, coupled with their continuing intercession, that establishes a powerful bond of love and union with us.

Lord, as the saints in Heaven adore You for eternity, I beg for their intercession. Saints of God, please come to my aide. Pray for me and bring to me the grace I need to live a holy life in imitation of your own lives. All saints of God, pray for us. Jesus, I trust in You.


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